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1980 Oklahoma Sooners football
Orange Bowl Champions
Big 8 Champions
Orange Bowl, W 18–17 vs. Florida State
ConferenceBig 8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 3
1980 record10–2 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coachBarry Switzer (8th season)
Offensive coordinatorGalen Hall (8th season)
CaptainSteve Rhodes
Richard Turner
J.C. Watts
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 75,008)
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →
1980 Big 8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Oklahoma 7 0 0     10 2 0
#7 Nebraska 6 1 0     10 2 0
Missouri 5 2 0     8 4 0
Iowa State 3 4 0     7 4 0
Oklahoma State 3 4 0     4 7 0
Kansas State 2 5 0     4 7 0
Kansas 1 6 0     2 8 1
Colorado 1 6 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the college football 1980 NCAA Division I-A season. Oklahoma Sooners football participated in the former Big Eight Conference at that time and played its home games in Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium where it has played its home games since 1923.[1] The team posted a 10–2 overall record and a 7–0 conference record to earn the Conference title outright under head coach Barry Switzer who took the helm in 1973.[2][3] This was Switzer's eighth conference title and fifth undefeated conference record in eight seasons.[2]

The team was led by All-Americans Terry Crouch,[4] and Louis Oubre,[5] After winning the conference title outright, it earned a trip to the Orange Bowl for a rematch with Florida State.[3] During the season, it faced four ranked opponents (In order, #3 Texas, #6 North Carolina, #4 Nebraska and #2 Florida State). The last three of these opponents finished the season ranked. It endured two early season losses against Stanford and Texas in the Red River Shootout.[3] The Sooners finished the season with an eight consecutive wins.[3]

David Overstreet led the team in rushing with 720 yards, J.C. Watts led the team in passing with 1037 yards, Bobby Grayson led the team in receiving with 389 yards, Watts led the team in scoring with 108 points, Mike Coats led the team with 126 tackles and Gary Lowell posted 4 interceptions.[6] The team set the current school records of 82 points and 875 total yards against Colorado.[7]

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 13* 12:30 PM Kentucky #4 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK W 29–7   75,668[8]
September 27* 1:30 PM Stanford #4 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK L 14–31   75,811[8]
October 4 3:00 PM at Colorado #12 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO ESPN W 82–42   46,980[8]
October 11* 11:30 AM vs. #3 Texas #12 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Shootout) ABC L 13–20   72,032[8]
October 18 1:30 PM #4 Kansas State #17 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 35–21   74,638[8]
October 25 1:30 PM at Iowa State #17 Cyclone StadiumAmes, IA W 42–7   50,978[8]
November 1* 1:30 PM #6 North Carolina #16 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK ESPN W 41–7   75,738[8]
November 8 1:30 PM at Kansas #11 Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS W 21–19   40,150[8]
November 15 1:30 PM Missouri #10 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK (Tiger-Sooner Peace Pipe) SNI W 17–7   75,325[8]
November 22 11:30 AM at #4 Nebraska #9 Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Rivalry) ABC W 21–17   74,684[8]
November 29 1:30 PM Oklahoma State #6 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK (Bedlam Series) W 63–14   75,681[8]
January 1 7:00 PM vs. #2 Florida State #4 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC W 18–17   71,043[8]
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Game notesEdit

Oklahoma StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Oklahoma State 0 7 7 0 14
Oklahoma 14 14 21 14 63
[9]


Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Memorial Stadium". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on June 28, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100628213311/http://www.soonersports.com/facilities/memorial-stadium_history.html. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "OU Football Tradition". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on June 22, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100622232057/http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/m-footbl-conf-titles.html. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "1980 Football Season". SoonerStats.com. http://www.soonerstats.com/football/seasons/schedule.cfm?SeasonID=1980. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "All-American: Terry Crouch". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100525145836/http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/aa-terry-crouch-1980-81.html. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "All-American: Louis Oubre". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100525215308/http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/aa-louis-oubre-1980.html. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
  6. "2009 Football Record Book". Big12sports.com. p. 175. http://www.big12sports.com/fls/10410/pdfs/football/record_book.pdf?&DB_OEM_ID=10410. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  7. "2009 Football Record Book". Big12sports.com. p. 164. http://www.big12sports.com/fls/10410/pdfs/football/record_book.pdf?&DB_OEM_ID=10410. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 http://www.soonerstats.com/football/seasons/schedule.cfm?seasonid=1980
  9. "Watts Runs Oklahoma Into the Orange Bowl". The Register-Guard (Eugene): p. 3B. November 30, 1980. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=4pF9x-cDGsoC&dat=19801130&printsec=frontpage&hl=en.

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